Same Old Lang Syne, #548


The day after Christmas is always a little depressing.  The holiday season brings with it amazing music and smells and family get-togethers and tons and tons of parties.  There are fires in the fireplace and the acceptance of spending a day or two in jammies.  We have one local radio station that switches to “Christmas only” music starting on the day after Thanksgiving, but today, that station goes back to Light Rock.  Even my car will find the sadness of the end of the holiday season today as all the jingle belling around town goes back to normal.

It is so lovely that New Years Eve is only a week after Christmas.  It gives you something to look forward to, and it makes the holiday blues a little more bearable.  I love the start of a new year, as new beginnings always lead to a fresh outlook, and it will be fun to ring in 2013 with one last party celebrating late into the night.

My song of the day is a favorite for this time of year, and it is perfect for today, too, as there is a touch of melancholy hanging in its notes and lyrics.  “Same Old Lang Syne,” by Dan Fogelberghad always spoken to me, as it is honest and poetic and something that most of us can relate to when it describes bumping into an old lover and realizing how much you have moved on from them.  Click HERE to listen to the song on Youtube.

My husband reminded me today that Dan Fogelberg passed away in 2007 from prostate cancer.  In his honor, his home-town of Peoria, Illinois, renamed a street “Fogelberg Parkway.”  As said by Wikipedia: “Fogelberg Parkway” ends at the intersection of N. Prospect and Frye, which is the location of the convenience store where Fogelberg ran into his old high school sweetheart one Christmas Eve—a chance encounter made famous in the song “Same Old Lang Syne”

In honor of a great holiday season now mostly behind us and honoring Dan Fogelberg’s musical legacy, I’ll be humming this tune all day.


About tucsonsongstress

I am a music teacher for children ages 6-weeks-old - 8th grade. I am also a camp songleader and a Jewish music specialist with and without my husband who is known as Shabbat Scott. We love singing with people of all ages all over Tucson. My "song of the day" idea originally started by playing music challenges on Facebook. I loved choosing songs, and my friends seemed to love reading and listening to my choices. I have decided to continue a daily blog (or as daily as I can manage) and tell you all some stories through some songs that have touched me either in wonderful ways or by annoying the heck out of me. Hope you all enjoy this blog! Happy singing!

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